Cosmetologists must be licensed by the state in order to legally work. There are many things that can lead to action that could cause a cosmetologist to lose their license. You should know the standards the board set so that you can ensure compliance.
Violations of the standards and guidelines often come to light because someone filed a complaint against the establishment or cosmetologist or because an inspector spotted something amiss. Consider these common violations so you can be sure that you don’t fall victim to any of them.
Failing to show a valid license
Establishments that employ cosmetologists must have a valid license, which must be properly displayed in a public area. The cosmetologists must also have a valid license. You must display yours in your work area. Be sure that it’s current.
Improper safety procedures
Safety and sanitation standards must be followed. This includes how you dispose of items that can’t be disinfected, such as sponges. The storage of all items you use must be done in compliance with applicable standards.
All equipment and supplies that can be cleaned have strict standards for doing so. For example, towels must be cleaned in water that’s at least 140 degrees for a period of at least 15 minutes. Any cabinet that houses towels must be closed unless you’re putting away or taking out towels.
Anyone who’s been accused of violating standards set by the licensing board should ensure they learn their options for defending their license. It’s usually best to have someone on your side who knows about these matters. Time isn’t on your side, so it’s best to get started planning your defense strategy as quickly as possible after you learn that you might lose your license.